Puna Hongwanji Bon Dance – Saturday, July 6, 2024

Bon Dance July 6, 2024

It’s Bon Dance season!  Get ready to gather with family, friends, and make new friends!

Join us on Saturday, July 6, 2024 at Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple for one night of Bon Dance.

Listing of Events (subject to change so please stay tuned to our social media pages like Facebook and Instagram)

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Lantern Making
4:00 p.m. – Hatsubon Service (first memorial service in the season of Obon)
5:30 p.m. – Lantern Parade
6:00 p.m. – Puna Taiko Performance
Bon Dancing until 10:00 p.m.


Puna Hongwanji T-Shirt Sale

We are currently taking a pre-sale order for Puna Hongwanji T-shirts.  We will have regular sleeve length and long sleeve t-shirts available.  Due date to place your order is Friday, June 7, 2024.

Rev. Satoshi Ka’imipono Tomioka and Eric Bihag collaborated with each other and came up with a design to represent Puna and Hawaii Island.  Rev. Tomioka

T-Shirt Order

pitched the idea to Eric and with Eric’s artistic skills he created the drawing.  The original design was to be used for a new Bon Dance towel.  An idea was thrown out that we should make a t-shirt.  Everyone was wowed with the design on the towel and said they would like a shirt.  The shirt design consists of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea with some snow.  There is the ocean and the plume from Kilauea.   The design also include Puna Hongwanji’s temple and the monument of Shinran Shonin.

Cost per regular sleeve t-shirts are:
Small – XL – $20.00
2XL – $23
3XL – $24
4XL – $25

Cost per long sleeve t-shirts are:
Small – XL – $25
2XL – $28
3XL – $29

Complete the order form and mail it with a check made payable to “Puna Hongwanji Mission”.  In the comment section of the check, please notate 2024 T-Shirt Order.

Mail to:
Puna Hongwanji Mission
ATTN:  2024 T-Shirt Order
PO Box 100
Keaau, HI 96749

Memorial Ribbons

Obon Order FormObon Memorial Ribbons are available for order for our departed loved ones.  The Obon Memorial Ribbons will be attached to a lantern and hung above the bon dance area.  If you are interested, please mail your form and donation to Puna Hongwanji Mission or scan the QR code or click on the link to fill out the google form.  Please note the spacing available for each line on the tag.

Please make check payable to “Puna Hongwanji Mission”.  The donation for each ribbon is $20.  Orders are due by June 9, 2024.   Extended deadline is Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Mail order form/check or if filling out form online mail check with a notation you have ordered online.
Puna Hongwanji Mission
ATTN:  Memorial Ribbon Donation
PO Box 100
Keaau, HI 96749

Lantern Making/Memorial Lantern Parade with Puna Taiko

Lantern Making and Parade

Lantern Making and Parade

A lantern making workshop will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Come make a lantern for your loved on to remember and honor them.

A Memorial Lantern Parade will be held with Puna Taiko.  Rev. Tomioka will lead the group and family are invited to participate in the short parade from the bottom of the stairs of the front temple to the yagura (dance tower) area for the lanterns to be placed.


Puna Hongwanji Boutique

The Puna Hongwanji Boutique will be open in the social hall.


Children’s Games and Yukata Dressing/Photos

There will be a section in the social hall reserved for games.  Buy a game card and win tickets to turn in for prizes.

We will have a Yukata Dressing and area to take photos with a photo backdrop.  If you are already dressed pay a lesser fee to take a photo.


Everyone looks forward to the wonderful food and snacks at Puna Hongwanji.  Stay tuned for what we will have on the menu as the time gets closer.

In the meantime, donation for the concession is being requested:

Rice, spam, nori, shoyu, sugar (white and brown), flour, bottled water, Coke or Pepsi (regular and diet), 7 Up or Sprite (regular and diet); small cash donations to buy items for the concession.

Bon Dance Towels

This year we have a new design for our Bon Dance towels.  You can get the terry cloth towel with a minimum donation of $3.

We will be selling the new Bon Dance towel for $10.  See the T-Shirt section for the meaning of the design on the towel.